Download a free venue comparison spreadsheet
Wedspiration > Advice > The things you need to know about men’s tailored suits (pricing, timing, material and more)
Advice
The things you need to know about men’s tailored suits (pricing, timing, material and more)
We sent a bunch of wedding suit FAQs to the good (and handsome – that’s the team pictured) gents at Oscar Hunt Tailors. From costs to styles to timings and more, this is a good read for dapper grooms-to-be.
tailored australian suits
ABOUT
heart
Words by Amy Parfett
date
23 January 2017
SHARE
Pinterest

There’s a fair few articles knocking about that advise brides on choosing the right wedding dress. But won’t somebody please think of the children (just kidding, fellas) men?

It seemed to us that a similar guide was lacking when it came to gent’s suits. We quizzed a bunch of guy mates and the consensus was the same: they had no idea where to start, no idea about the pros or cons of having a suit tailored, and in fact didn’t really feel comfortable asking questions around this subject for fear of looking clueless/cheap/unsophisticated.

Well, this all stops here. We recently chatted to the lads at Oscar Hunt Tailors, a team of Australia-based tailors who, unsurprisingly are all over this stuff (we’ve also partnered with them to offer a special discount on their really, ridiculously good-looking suits – details at the bottom of this post). 

A quick foreword: we know these guys make tailored suits, so it may seem biased that we say this, but we hand-on-heart didn’t realise that made-to-measure suits are actually much more reasonably priced than we expected. Particularly given the fact that they’re custom-made and fitted, and depending on what style you go for, can be extremely versatile and used for work, other weddings, etc. We ourselves didn’t consider it an option for our own weddings due to budget but now wish we had. More on pricing below, but we just wanted to share this little tid-bit upfront in case you’re feeling like reading on will be a waste of time.

Righto, carry on.

What style of suit should I wear?

The style component really depends on the situation. If you are thinking about a more traditional wedding, then it’s hard to go past a classic dinner suit in either a black or midnight navy.

If you’re thinking a country wedding, then you can think about more colours, patterns and variations. Bold checks or beautiful tweeds for example. Separate trouser and jacket combinations are a very good option to consider as well.

For warmer or beach weddings the fabric must come into consideration. You want to opt for something light-weight, breathable and appropriate for the feel of the day.

However there’s a consistency across all of the different wedding scenarios: the suit must be impeccably tailored. A well-fitted suit stands the test of time and has you feeling comfortable and confident on the big day.

What’s the difference between a tailored suit and a non-tailored suit? 

The fit is the main difference. A garment that is tailored will achieve a much better fit than one that is made in a generic size. Following the fit, a tailored suit is designed to the exact specifications of the individual. Fabric selection is important depending on the need of the suit. For example, for a corporate suit you need a wool that is both durable and breathable, which is a key benefit is that it is totally unique. A tailored suit will not have an equivalent elsewhere.

Why are suits expensive? 

Suits are expensive given the amount of work that goes into their creation. A good suit will use a quality cloth with high-end internal construction. Often there is a branding component to suits as well which pushes up the price.

Are tailored suits more expensive than off-the-rack high street suits? Why? 

Tailored suits are more expensive than off-the-rack because they are designed for the individual, by the individual. They are not mass-produced. More often than not, a tailored suit is constructed with superior fabrics and internals. The suit will also take a lot more time to produce than its off-the-rack equivalent.

How much should I budget for a suit?

For a tailored suit, a budget starting around $900 should get you started, and anything up to $3,000 will get you a very, very good quality tailored suit.

What’s the lead time on suit tailoring? How far in advance should I have my suit made?

Allow for 8-10 weeks to have a wedding suit tailored. That way, there is no stress leading up to the day.

What if I put on/lose weight between the tailoring and the wedding?

Losing weight is often not a big issue (as long as it’s not extreme) as jackets and trousers can be taken in. You have to be a little more careful with gaining weight, however again, a little should not be a problem.

When it comes to a suit jacket, the most crucial elements are the shoulders and chest. Therefore if you’re looking to gain weight (or put on muscle) in these areas, it is best to discuss with your tailor/fitter.

If I’m on a budget, how can I still achieve a tailored look without having to invest in a full suit?

Pairing a tailored jacket with a chino is a great idea. Further, you could look at ways to have your tailored wedding suit made in such a way that you can get plenty of use out of in the future. This may mean you can find a little more budget for it.

tailored australian suits

What’s the difference between different materials

This is a fairly open-ended question!

To start with you have different quality. Wool varies so much in its quality, how it is prepared and how it is finished. Unless the wool itself is high-grade (Australian merino, for example) and prepared and milled correctly, then it is unlikely to be a very good end product. The same theory applies to the quality of cotton, linen, silk, cashmere and mohair.

In terms of the different materials themselves, we’ve put together a rundown for you:

WOOL

Wool is versatile in being able to be woven super fine and light/tropical weight, or thick and heavy/warm weight. Different types of wool will create distinct drapes, durability and warmth. The weight of the wool is the best determinant of whether it best suits a winter or summer climate. Wool is a natural product, therefore it breathes regardless of whether its heavy or light.

COTTON

Cotton is not only used for shirts, but can look great in your everyday suit. Although it might seem informal or casual because of garment creasing, it can be dressed up or dressed down for any occasion. Blazers or sports jackets can typically be made from cotton to give a natural feel or provide an enhanced casual look. Cotton can also be woven openly to create the desired look similar to linen.

LINEN

Linen tends to be an open weave fabric with a weight and texture that creates a desired look. The open weave allows it to breath, as it is a naturally thicker fibre. Linen would be typically used in a summer suit made for warmer climates.

MOHAIR

Mohair is incredibly durable and breathable. It is known for keeping a very sharp drape despite travel or being mistreated. Politicians often opt for this fabric knowing they will always look very sharp. It is a courser material than wool, which is evident by the touch.

SILK

A luxurious material that is often blended in with wool. Will give a really lustrous finish as well as having the natural quality of holding colour in a more vibrant way than wool.

BLENDS

Blends can create desired effects and particular looks. Blending different cloth types can enhance durability, sheen, texture, and softness. Each fabric choice and its percentage of blended fabric will create a different drape and overall feel to the cloth.

Blends might be: Linen and silk, cotton and linen, silk and cotton, wool and cashmere, or wool and mohair.

____

More questions? Ask the boys at Oscar Hunt Tailors – they are so happy to help. They’ve also been kind enough to offer all WedShed grooms a 5% discount on any purchases – whether that be shirts, suits or the whole shebang. Simply mention ‘WedShedat the time of booking an appointment in their Sydney and Melbourne showrooms. Which, can we just add, are a sight to behold, replete with their very own whisky and champagne bar 

And if a trip to these towns isn’t on the cards, not to worry – they’re looking at expanding their premises in the near future. 

Find more info and images of Oscar Hunt’s splendid menswear via the places below:

www.oscarhunt.com.au | Oscar Hunt Facebook | Oscar Hunt Instagram 

 

Other Advice articles
View all articles arrow right
wedding wines

Advice

The Ultimate Wine Guide For Every Wedding Season: What Wines To Serve (And How Much)

Sure, weddings are first and foremost about love but they’re also about showing guests a good time and there’s a fair assumption that there will be wine served – and plenty of it. Hence we’ve put together our ultimate wine guide that covers what wines are most suited to the season you’re getting married in and how to calculate how much wine you will need to ensure no one is left feeling thirsty.
wedding tax my debunked

Advice

OPINION: Does The ‘Wedding Tax’ Actually Exist? Yes (And No)

Something you should know about the wedding industry: it’s full of legends. Not people who want to skim off the top of their couples. Here we shed light on why the wedding tax is a myth.
outdoor wedding

Advice

Planning An Outdoor Wedding? Read This.

What could be more romantic and magical than an open-air soiree with your loved ones? Outdoor weddings are hard to top – if the conditions are right. Read on to learn how to choose the location and timing of your alfresco wedding, along with a host of other top tips.
best wedding planning book

Advice

Get Wed: The Wedding Planning Book for Zero Regrets

If you’re looking the best wedding planning book on the market*, Get Wed is your tome. It’s more of a must-have tool for any couple wanting to know how to plan a wedding that says ‘this is us’ (*biased but well-researched opinion).
Articles you might like
social media pressure

Advice

How to Overcome Social Media Pressure When Planning Your Wedding

Social media has is perks when it comes to wedding planning but it also has its pitfalls. For engaged couples, there’s a subliminal message that their wedding should look a certain way, which can create a lot of confusion and overwhelm. Here are some tips on how to stay in your own ‘lane’ when planning a wedding in the age of social media.
country NSW wedding

Real Weddings

REAL WEDDING: Tiarne + Brandon – BoxGrove

Country weddings used to conjure up images of hessian table runners and guests dancing The Nutbush. Now, couples like Tiarne and Brandon are putting a more modern spin on things by bringing a bit of fancy to some of the most beautiful country NSW wedding venues.
micro wedding venue NSW

Inspiration

STYLED SHOOT: Romantic Micro-Wedding (Literally) on the Water

Get ready to re-think whatever wedding plans you have in motion. This micro wedding venue on Sydney’s Pittwater is an absolute gem and we’ve put together a styled shoot to show you just how special a celebration here can be.
wedding wines

Advice

The Ultimate Wine Guide For Every Wedding Season: What Wines To Serve (And How Much)

Sure, weddings are first and foremost about love but they’re also about showing guests a good time and there’s a fair assumption that there will be wine served – and plenty of it. Hence we’ve put together our ultimate wine guide that covers what wines are most suited to the season you’re getting married in and how to calculate how much wine you will need to ensure no one is left feeling thirsty.
Looking for more ideas?
We’ve brought together advice, articles, and inspiration on our Wedspiration to help you find your feet.